They said Don’t wear leggings Or a shirt that shows your cleavage Because you need to be covered up You’re a distraction
They said Don’t use your period as an excuse For male teachers to let you go to the bathroom Because you’re not fooling anybody
They said Don’t shave your head Boys can You can’t and don’t And won’t because we’ll suspend you
They said Watch the length of your skirt The color of your hair The shoes and makeup The piercings And they call that fair
They said Come to us if something is wrong if you’re feeling bullied if you feel unsafe I guess they don’t remember asking my friend and I if we heard of anyone in our year with suicidal tendencies They asked us because We were the sensible ones The bright ones We couldn't have been depressed. I guess they didn’t see my panic and my hand squeezing my wrist.
Because school Is not a place Where you can express who you are School is not the place where you feel safe It's a battleground on the outside of your comfort zone.
School isn’t about education Its a challenge, competition Its a measurement of your capabilities
But what if you don't excel? You’re called out for not being good enough You're humiliated. Mocked.
You get looked down on Judged Embarrassed And you don’t get your Degree
As if a degree explains who you are What you’ve been through How much you’re worth
As if a degree Measures the capacity Of your heart And your knowledge
And a teacher can share your grade Make a joke and smirk Cause they think you’re not worth it
And they can laugh and yell and call your parents Who don’t think you’re any better.
Because year after year they’ve been led to believe that you’re easily distracted that you don’t do what you’re told that you’re rebellious
Because even if you showed respect to the hypocrisy That you can't help but notice, They still won’t understand that you're just fighting for what you believe is right, for mutual respect.
Because that’s not what you were thought. You were thought to raise your hand when you want to speak. And even if you made a valid point You would still get lectured on putting your hand up when you want to speak. Discipline put first.